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Liverpool record after international breaks may come as a surprise to Jurgen Klopp and rivals



Liverpool record after international breaks may come as a surprise to Jurgen Klopp and rivals

Liverpool’s first Premier League game back after the current international break comes against Everton

Liverpool’s unfortunate sequence of 12:30pm kick-offs will continue next weekend when Jurgen Klopp’s side take part in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The Reds return to action once the current international break has ended with a huge fixture against their local rivals, in a time slot Jurgen Klopp has made clear on more than one occasion he is not a fan of.

But for all of the noise surrounding the Reds being dealt a bad hand when looking to pick up where they left off prior to international fixtures being staged, Liverpool’s record directly after such occasions makes for good reading.

Klopp’s very first game in charge of the club was a 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, which arrived on the back of players performing for their countries. The German’s second experience of an international break the following month saw the Reds put in a stunning display at Manchester City to claim an unlikely 4-1 win.

It took until September 2017 for Liverpool to lose in a fixture of this nature, Manchester City inflicting a hefty 5-0 defeat in their 100-point, title-winning season. Indeed, City are the only team to have beaten the Reds on the back of games involving countries having done so on two other occasions last season.

The Reds have twice played in a Merseyside derby upon readjusting to league football, soon to be three, winning 3-1 in April 2017 and drawing 2-2 in October 2020. Their three meetings with Manchester United have all ended in draws, meanwhile.

Liverpool’s most recent taste of throwing themselves back into the Premier League following a two-week pause resulted in a win at Wolves last month, during which Klopp’s side responded to going one goal in impressive style.

The opportunity to welcome back fans in similar fashion will present itself next Saturday when first-team players are back on Merseyside from their respective trips away for a head-to-head with Everton. This will also be the case at the end of November for a showdown with City on November 25, which takes place after the final round of qualifiers for Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup.

Liverpool record after international breaks since Jurgen Klopp was appointed: P30 W19 D8 L3

  1. Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool (17/10/15)
  2. Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool (21/11/15)
  3. Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (2/4/16)
  4. Liverpool 4-1 Leicester City (10/9/16)
  5. Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (17/10/16)
  6. Southampton 0-0 Liverpool (19/11/16)
  7. Liverpool 3-1 Everton (1/4/17)
  8. Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool (9/9/17)
  9. Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (14/10/17)
  10. Liverpool 3-0 Southampton (18/11/17)
  11. Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (31/3/18)
  12. Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool (15/9/18)
  13. Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool (20/10/18)
  14. Watford 0-3 Liverpool (24/11/18)
  15. Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (31/3/19)
  16. Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United (14/9/19)
  17. Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (20/10/19)
  18. Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (23/11/19)
  19. Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United (12/9/20)
  20. Everton 2-2 Liverpool (17/10/20)
  21. Liverpool 3-0 Leicester City (22/11/20)
  22. Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool (3/4/21)
  23. Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool (12/9/21)
  24. Watford 0-5 Liverpool (16/10/21)
  25. Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal (20/11/21)
  26. Liverpool 2-0 Watford (2/4/22)
  27. Liverpool 3-3 Brighton (1/10/22)
  28. Manchester City 3-2 Liverpool (22/12/22)
  29. Manchester City 4-1 Liverpool (1/4/23)
  30. Wolves 1-3 Liverpool (16/9/23)

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